Throwdown in Cow Town
The Classic Parts of America C10 Nationals held at the Texas Motor Speedway—dubbed the Throwdown in Cow Town—was advertised as “the largest GM truck show on the planet!” If you’re going to tout yourself as the biggest and the baddest of anything in Texas, you better bring your A game, and this year’s event sponsored by Chevrolet Performance did not disappoint at all. The long list of entertaining activities went on all weekend long!
Those arriving on Friday last May participated or spectated at the Friday Night Truck Drags; tech checks started at dusk, and single elimination continued until a champion was declared. The winner took home a nice trophy, $500 cash, and bragging rights as the quickest truck in town.
The fun continued Saturday morning, when attendees could find something for everyone. The grounds spread across the beautiful Texas Motor Speedway facility in Fort Worth, Texas. As you drove in and exited the tunnel toward racetrack complex, off to the left were hundreds of GM trucks on display. The show staff created classes for contemporary trucks, but most of the entries by far were classics. The core of the participants brought lowered trucks, but this is Texas. We expected to see plenty of lifted four-wheel-drives in the mix as well.
As you made your way a little farther in, rows and rows of vendor exhibits filled the space. A full array of products from many of the top-name brands in the aftermarket industry were on display inside and outside of the complex buildings. Most of the vendors had event specials running, offering huge “show only” saving on their products.
Drive past the products displayed by the top names in the industry, and a massive swap meet and truck corral was laid out. If you were looking for an obscure part or a complete project truck, there’s a good possibility you could find it at the C10 Nationals swap meet.
At the back of the facility was the staging area for the autocross sponsored by Classic Performance Parts. The event staff created an abundance of classes that separate skill levels as well as generation breaks. All event participants were automatically eligible and encouraged to test their driving skills.
If attendees needed a little excitement on Saturday afternoon, Edelbrock Performance sponsored a burnout contest at 3pm. After a safety inspection, participants pulled in a water box and were given 60 seconds to create massive amounts of tire smoke. Winners are chosen by crowd applause and receive cash prizes.
Since the inaugural show in 2018, this event has grown exponentially. Initially the participants were from the surrounding regions of Texas. This year, trucks from around the country came to be a part of “the largest GM truck show on the planet.”
And you best believe as long as there are the baddest C10s showing up, we WILL be there!